Category Power Rankings: Week 5

With week 5 of the fantasy baseball season around the corner, Colin Ward brings you his updated Category Power Rankings

Five weeks in and a lot has happened. We have had some rookie sensations, MVP caliber performances, super dud pitching, and everything in between.

We have enough of a sample size of data to be able to make some moves. Where we can begin looking to sell high or buy low. We may even find some injured list stash players with upside to help you down the road. 

That being said, let’s see where we stand this week…

 

Batting Average (AVG)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Jose AltuveHOU2B
2Mike TroutLAAOF
3J.D. MartinezBOSOF
4Christian YelichMILOF+1
5Freddie FreemanATL1B-1
6Mookie BettsBOSOF
7Nolan ArenadoCOL3B+1
8Jean SeguraPHISS+1
9Michael BrantleyHOUOF+2
10Joey VottoCIN1B-3
11Justin TurnerLAD3B-1
12Anthony RendonWSH3B+1
13Lorenzo CainMILOF-1
14Charlie BlackmonCOLOF
15Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
16Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF+1
17Xander BogaertsBOSSS-1
18David PeraltaARZOF+3
19Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B
20Bryce HarperPHIOF
21Robinson CanoNYM1B/2B+1
22Kris BryantCHC3B/OF-4
23Elvis AndrusTEXSS
24Andrew BenintendiBOSOF
25Cody BellingerLAD1B/OFUnranked

Off the List: Dee Gordon

David Peralta is continuing to show that he will be a very good source of AVG, albeit with a .405 BABIP right now. The past two seasons he has posted a BABIP around .330 and has put up a .293 AVG in each of the past two campaigns, therefore there really should not be any doubt in his ability to keep it up to an extent.

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Jeff McNeilNYM2B
2Jorge PolancoMINSS
3Nick MarkakisATLOF
4Shin-Soo ChooTEXOFUnranked
5Eduardo EscobarARZ3B/SSUnranked
6Jesse WinkerCINOF+4
7Dwight Smith Jr.BALOFUnranked
8David FletcherLAA2B/3B/OFUnranked
9Adam FrazierPIT2B/OF
10Renato NunezBAL3BUnranked

Off the List: Alex Gordon (ownership), Jason Heyward (ownership), Ben Zobrist, Manuel Margot, Avisail Garcia

The fact that Alex Gordon and Jason Heyward‘s ownership have gotten too high for this list but Jorge Polanco is still widely unowned is just silly. Polanco is sadly owned in only 53% of Yahoo! leagues. He is shaping up to be a very legit hitter who has increased his launch angle while hitting the ball harder than ever before. This guy could easily be a top-10 SS by season’s end.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Christian YelichMILOF+2
2Mookie BettsBOSOF-1
3Mike TroutLAAOF-1
4George SpringerHOUOF
5Jose AltuveHOU2B
6J.D. MartinezBOSOF
7Charlie BlackmonCOLOF
8Bryce HarperPHIOF
9Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF
10Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
11Andrew McCutchenPHIOF
12Jean SeguraPHISS
13Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF+2
14Lorenzo CainMILOF
15Anthony RendonWSH3B+3
16Matt CarpenterSTL1B/2B/3B
17Tommy PhamTBOF
18Freddie FreemanATL1B+1
19Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B+2
20Juan SotoWSHOF
21Ozzie AlbiesATL2BUnranked
22Fernando Tatis Jr.SDSSUnranked
23Mitch HanigerSEAOF+1
24Adam EatonWSHOF-1
25Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS-3

Off the List: Aaron Judge (injury), Andrew Benintendi

This time last week, the Padres inserted their franchise shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. into the leadoff spot and he has flourished. Tatis is an excellent candidate for a leadoff guy and it was only a matter of time before he hit his way to the top. The 20-year old has great on-base skills and is the kind of aggressive base runner you want hitting atop your lineup.

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Jorge PolancoMINSS+1
2Brett GardnerNYYOF-1
3Shin-Soo ChooTEXOF+1
4Dwight Smith Jr.BALOF+4
5Nick MarkakisATLOFUnranked
6Kevin KiermaierTBOF
7Leury GarciaCHWOF+3
8Brandon LoweTB2B/OFUnranked
9Adam FrazierPIT2B/OF-4
10Randal GrichukTOROFUnranked

Off the List: Alex Gordon (ownership), Jason Heyward (ownership), Jay Bruce

Dwight Smith Jr. keeps forcing his way into relevancy with his play here in the early going. He is doing a little bit of everything right now and is certainly with a look especially in five outfielder roto leagues.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Khris DavisOAKOF
2J.D. MartinezBOSOF
3Nolan ArenadoCOL3B+1
4Joey GalloTEX1B/OF+2
5Mike TroutLAAOF
6Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF+1
7Bryce HarperPHIOF+1
8Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B+1
9Christian YelichMILOF+1
10Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF+1
11Edwin EncarnacionSEA1B+2
12Nelson CruzMINUT
13Manny MachadoSD3B/SS+1
14Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS+1
15Trevor StoryCOLSS+1
16Matt ChapmanOAK3B+2
17Marcell OzunaSTLOF+3
18Mike MoustakasMIL2B/3B-1
19Pete AlonsoNYM1B+2
20Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF+2
21Mookie BettsBOSOF-2
22Gary SanchezNYYC+1
23Charlie BlackmonCOLOFUnranked
24Anthony RizzoCHC1B+1
25George SpringerHOUOFUnranked

Off the List: Aaron Judge (injury), Kris Bryant

A lot of the movement this week is primarily due to the oblique injury suffered by Aaron Judge this past week. Pete Alonso continues to move his way up this list as the Mets are looking smarter by the day for their decision to have him break camp with the big club, as he undoubtedly should have. While his AVG may be due for some negative regression, there is no question his power is going to play all year long and for many years to come. The dude mashes.

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Franmil ReyesSDOFUnranked
2Hunter DozierKC1B/3B+5
3Jay BruceSEAOF-2
4Mitch MorelandBOS1B
5Christian WalkerARZ1B+3
6Randal GrichukTOROF-1
7Max KeplerMINOF-1
8Asdrubal CabreraTEX2B/3B/SSUnranked
9Rowdy TellezTOR1BUnranked
10Yandy DiazTB1B/3B-1

Off the List: Daniel Vogelbach (ownership), Clint Frazier (injury), Hunter Renfroe

Franmil Reyes was a popular name heading into the season among fantasy baseball circles but was then all but forgotten after a horrible start to the year. Playing time was an issue for the power hitting outfielder but it appears he is sticking around now. Reyes has the pop to be a nice addition and could carry you any single week in head-to-head formats when he is hot.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Khris DavisOAKOF
2J.D. MartinezBOSOF
3Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
4Christian YelichMILOF
5Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF+1
6Edwin EncarnacionSEA1B-1
7Bryce HarperPHIOF
8Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF
9Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B
10Freddie FreemanATL1B+1
11Nelson CruzMINUT-1
12Juan SotoWSHOF
13Manny MachadoSD3B/SS
14Anthony RendonWSH3B+1
15Anthony RizzoCHC1B+1
16Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF+2
17Marcell OzunaSTLOF+4
18Trevor StoryCOLSS-1
19Mike TroutLAAOF-1
20Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS-1
21Joey GalloTEX1B/OFUnranked
22Pete AlonsoNYM1B+1
23Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
24Mookie BettsBOSOF
25Domingo SantanaSEAOF

Off the List: Aaron Judge (injury)

Joey Gallo is off to a notable start in the AVG department. We all know that won’t last, but Gallo should have no problem exceeding 90 RBI as he did in 2018. He has barreled up the ball so well that if he falls to a .230-.240 AVG, it will do wonders for his fantasy value.

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Josh BellPIT1B+1
2Jay BruceSEA1B/OF-1
3Mitch MorelandBOS1B+1
4Justin SmoakTOR1B+1
5Ketel MarteARZ2B/SS/OFUnranked
6Rowdy TellezTOR1BUnranked
7Dansby SwansonATLSS+1
8Chad PinderOAK2B/3B/OF+1
9Randal GrichukTOROF-2
10Jorge SolerKCOF

Off the List: Daniel Vogelbach (ownership), Hunter Renfroe

Ketel Marte is finally healthy, is getting an opportunity in the D-Backs’ lineup, and is making the most of it. He seems to have a nose for driving in runs batting around the middle of the lineup and should hold value all year, especially when you consider his speed.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF
2Mallex SmithSEAOF
3Adalberto MondesiKC2B/SS
4Dee GordonSEA2B/SS/OF
5Tim AndersonCHWSS+2
6Billy HamiltonKCOF+2
7Jonathan VillarBALSS-2
8Victor RoblesWSHOF+2
9Lorenzo CainMILOF
10Starling MartePITOF-2
11Tommy PhamTBOF
12Jose RamirezCLE2B/3B+3
13Mike TroutLAAOF
14Jose AltuveHOU2B-2
15Byron BuxtonMINOF+1
16Mookie BettsBOSOF-2
17Delino DeShieldsTEXOF+2
18Trevor StoryCOLSS+3
19Elvis AndrusTEXSS-2
20Jean SeguraPHISS-2
21Christian YelichMILOF-1
22Fernando Tatis Jr.SDSSUnranked
23Andrew BenintendiBOSOF
24Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS
25Ender InciarteATLOF-2

Off the List: Ronald Acuna Jr.

With their fair share of injuries, the Nationals have moved Victor Robles into the two hole in their lineup. He earned that promotion in the order after hitting well at the bottom of the order most of the year. The Nationals will eventually get healthy and Robles will likely be pushed back down, I am hoping they keep him towards the top.

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Delino DeShieldsTEXOF
2Leury GarciaCHWOF
3Kevin KiermaierTBOF
4Brett GardnerNYYOF
5Jarrod DysonARZOF
6Kevin PillarSFOF
7Dwight Smith Jr.BALOF+3
8David FletcherLAA2B/3B-1
9Garrett HampsonCOL2B/SS
10Adam FrazierPIT2B/OF-2

Off the List: None

Not much in terms of changes. Quality steals are pretty scarce and if you need them it is probably going to have to be via trade.

 

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Mike TroutLAAOF
2Bryce HarperPHIOF
3Freddie FreemanATL1B+1
4Joey VottoCIN1B-1
5Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS+1
6Jose AltuveHOU2B+1
7Anthony RendonWSH3B+2
8J.D. MartinezBOSOF
9Christian YelichMILOF+1
10Lorenzo CainMILOF+1
11Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF+3
12Mookie BettsBOSBOS
13Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B
14Juan SotoWSHOF+1
15Andrew McCutchenPHIOF+1
16Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF+2
17Kris BryantCHC3B/OF
18Nolan ArenadoCOL3B+2
19Tommy PhamTBOF+5
20Matt CarpenterSTL1B-1
21Shin-Soo ChooTEXOF
22Anthony RizzoCHC1B
23Carlos SantanaCLE1B/3BUnranked
24Michael ConfortoNYMOF+1
25Edwin EncarnacionSEA1B-2

Off the List: Aaron Judge (injury)

With his vision issues out of sight, Tommy Pham is certainly putting those shiny new peepers to good use and is currently sporting a .400+ OBP. Pham is a multi-category contributor in fantasy and far more valuable in OBP leagues. Somehow, he continues to be somewhat underrated.

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Shin-Soo ChooTEXOF+2
2Brett GardnerNYYOF
3Jeff McNeilNYM2B/OF+5
4Ben ZobristCHC2B/OF-3
5Nick MarkakisATLOF
6Josh BellPIT1B
7Jorge PolancoMINSSUnranked
8Hunter DozierKC1B/3BUnranked
9Dansby SwansonATLSS
10Niko GoodrumDET1B/2B/3B/SS/OF

Off the List: Joc Pederson (ownership), Yonder Alonso

Brett Gardner remains a staple on this list. He has always been a great source of OBP, and will also chip in his fair share of runs and stolen bases.  The fact that he is still roughly 70% available with all the injuries to the Yankees starting nine is odd.

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Max ScherzerWSHSP
2Justin VerlanderHOUSP
3Trevor BauerCLESP+2
4Blake SnellTBSP
5Corey KluberCLESP-2
6Jacob deGromNYMSP
7Aaron NolaPHISP+1
8Gerrit ColeHOUSP+1
9Patrick CorbinWSHSP+2
10James PaxtonNYYSP+2
11Carlos CarrascoCLESP-4
12Chris SaleBOSSP-2
13Jose BerriosMINSP+1
14Zack GreinkeARZSP+2
15German MarquezCOLSP
16Noah SyndergaardNYMSP-3
17Clayton KershawLADSP+1
18Jameson TaillonPITSP-1
19Luis CastilloCINSP+3
20Walker BuehlerLADSP+1
21Masahiro TanakaNYYSP-1
22Tyler GlasnowTBSP/RP+3
23Charlie MortonTBSP
24Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
25Marco GonzalesSEASPUnranked

Off the List: Kyle Freeland

I finally caved and put Marco Gonzales on the list. As I am writing this, he still leads the league in wins, so I feel like he needs to be acknowledged until further notice. I could very well see Gonzales joining the likes of Rick Porcello, Jason Vargas, and Chris Tillman in recent years, or guys who seemingly do not fit in among league leaders in victories come season’s end. Although, Gonzales is far more talented pitcher than any of those three.

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Frankie MontasOAKSP+1
2Mike MinorTEXSP-1
3Yonny ChirinosTBSP/RP+4
4Brett AndersonOAKSP+1
5Zach EflinPHISP-1
6Jordan LylesPITSPUnranked
7Mike LeakeSEASPUnranked
8Jeff SamardzijaSFSPUnranked
9Dereck RodriguezSFSPUnranked
10Zach DaviesMILSPUnranked

Off the List: Max Fried (ownership), Marcus Stroman (ownership), Domingo German (ownership), Ryan Yarbrough, Jhoulys Chacin

Yonny Chirinos has somewhat taken on and run with Ryan Yarbrough‘s role from a year ago. Whether it is starting or taking on the bulk of the innings after an opener, Chirinos has a very good chance at racking up some victories.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Jacob deGromNYMSP
2Max ScherzerWSHSP
3Trevor BauerCLESP
4Blake SnellTBSP
5Justin VerlanderHOUSP
6Chris SaleBOSSP
7Gerrit ColeHOUSP
8Corey KluberCLESP
9Aaron NolaPHISP
10Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
11Carlos CarrascoCLESP
12Patrick CorbinWSHSP
13Jose BerriosMINSP+1
14James PaxtonNYYSP+1
15Jameson TaillonPITSP-2
16Clayton KershawLADSP
17Charlie MortonTBSP+1
18German MarquezCOLSP+1
19Luis CastilloCINSP+2
20Walker BuehlerLADSP-3
21Kyle HendricksCHCSP-1
22Shane BieberCLESP
23Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
24Tyler GlasnowTBSP/RP
25Zack GreinkeARZSPUnranked

Off the List: Madison Bumgarner

I just cannot get enough of Luis Castillo. He is every bit of the ace we were hoping for a year ago. I am all in, buying  anywhere I can.

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Trevor WilliamsPITSP
2Mike MinorTEXSP+3
3Frankie MontasOAKSP+7
4Caleb SmithMIASPUnranked
5Sonny GrayCINSP/RP+2
6Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
7Brad KellerKCSP/RP-4
8Aaron SanchezTORSPUnranked
9Trevor RichardsMIASP-1
10Merrill KellyARZSP-1

Off the List: Marcus Stroman (ownership), Max Fried (ownership)

The new splitter that Frankie Montas has introduced this year has been the difference maker. Montas already pumps into the upper 90’s, but now this splitter that falls off the table to hitters has them all sorts of fooled. We could be looking at a breakout.

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Max ScherzerWSHSP
2Jacob deGromNYMSP
3Justin VerlanderHOUSP
4Gerrit ColeHOUSP
5Trevor BauerCLESP
6Blake SnellTBSP
7James PaxtonNYYSP
8Chris SaleBOSSP
9Carlos CarrascoCLESP
10Corey KluberCLESP
11Patrick CorbinWSHSP+1
12German MarquezCOLSP+1
13Noah SyndergaardNYMSP-2
14Jose BerriosMINSP
15Charlie MortonTBSP
16Aaron NolaPHISP
17Robbie RayARZSP+1
18Walker BuehlerLADSP-1
19Chris ArcherPITSP+2
20Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
21Jack FlahertySTLSP-2
22Luis CastilloCINSP
23Zack GreinkeARZSP
24Matthew BoydDETSP
25Clayton KershawLADSP

Off the List: None

I was vehement that Chris Archer was personae non gratae coming into this year, but he is doing his best to make me reconsider. His slider usage is down and his fastball usage is up, which, when looking back, was the formula to his 2015 success. It is surprising to witness this consider his fastball was horrid the past couple years.

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Caleb SmithMIASP+2
2Derek HollandSFSP
3Brandon WoodruffMILSP/RP-2
4Jakob JunisKCSP
5Spencer TurnbullDETSP+1
6Luke WeaverARZSP/RP+2
7Pablo LopezMIASPUnranked
8Vince VelasquezPHISPUnranked
9Reynaldo LopezCHWSPUnranked
10Dylan BundyBALSP

Off the List: Carlos Rodon (ownership), Domingo German (ownership), Lucas Giolito

Vince Velasquez might finally be figuring it out. His velocity is up a tick and he is throwing his fastball more often with good command. It feels like a lifetime ago when he struck out 16 Padres and everyone wanted their share of him. Here’s to hoping he has finally turned the corner.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Edwin DiazNYMRP
2Blake TreinenOAKRP
3Kenley JansenLADRP
4Roberto OsunaHOURP+1
5Brad HandCLERP+1
6Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP-2
7Kirby YatesSDRP+1
8Felipe VazquezPITRP-1
9Sean DoolittleWSHRP+1
10Ken GilesTORRP+1
11Jordan HicksSTLRP+2
12Josh HaderMILRP
13Jose LeclercTEXRP-4
14Wade DavisCOLRP-1
15Greg HollandARZRP
16A.J. MinterATLRP
17Shane GreeneDETRP+3
18Ryan BrasierBOSRPUnranked
19Raisel IglesiasCINRP+3
20Will SmithSFRP+1
21Alex ColomeCHWRP-4
22Jose AlvaradoTBRP-4
23Pedro StropCHCRP+1
24Hector NerisPHIRPUnranked
25Blake ParkerMINRP-2

Off the List: Cody Allen, Anthony Swarzak

Ryan Brasier appears to have a stronghold on the Red Sox closer role. Their bullpen, like the team itself, has been a mess. Brasier, however, is still worthy of a roster spot as its likely Boston turns it around very soon.

Deep League Top 10 (>12-Team leagues/65% owned or less)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1A.J. MinterATLRP
2Pedro StropCHCRPUnranked
3Hector NerisPHIRP+3
4Blake ParkerMINRP-2
5Sergio RomoMIASP/RP+4
6Anthony SwarzakSEARP-3
7Roenis EliasSEASP/RPUnranked
8Jeremy JeffressMILRP-3
9Mychal GivensBALRP-1
10Brandon MorrowCHCRP-3

Off the List: Ryan Brasier (ownership), Richard Lovelady

With the news of Brandon Morrow being shut down from throwing for the next couple weeks, Pedro Strop needs to universally owned.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Max ScherzerWSHSP
2Jacob deGromNYMSP
3Blake SnellTBSP
4Justin VerlanderHOUSP
5Trevor BauerCLESP
6Gerrit ColeHOUSP
7Chris SaleBOSSP
8Corey KluberCLESP
9Aaron NolaPHISP
10Carlos CarrascoCLESP
11Clayton KershawLADSP
12James PaxtonNYYSP
13Jose BerriosMINSP
14Patrick CorbinWSHSP
15Zack GreinkeARZSP+1
16Jameson TaillonPITSP-1
17German MarquezCOLSP
18Luis CastilloCINSP+1
19Charlie MortonTBSP+1
20Masahiro TanakaNYYSP-2
21Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
22Kyle HendricksCHCSP
23Shane BieberCLESP
24David PriceBOSSP
25Madison BumgarnerSFSP

Off the List: None

Zack Greinke has turned his season back around from an opening day implosion. His numbers are back to being much more Greinke-like, and he is doing a superb job at limiting base runners. While his velocity is pretty poor, he is too good of a pitcher to be anything less than steady.

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Trevor WilliamsPITSP
2Mike MinorTEXSP
3Yonny ChirinosTBSP/RP+2
4Caleb SmithMIASPUnranked
5Sonny GrayCINSP/RP
6Frankie MontasOAKSP+1
7Jeff SamardzijaSFSP-4
8Wade MileyHOUSPUnranked
9Brad KellerKCSP-1
10Steven MatzNYMSPUnranked

Off the List: Domingo German (ownership), Max Fried (ownership), Zach Eflin

Caleb Smith, like his slider, has been absolute money. While the slide piece hasn’t been as effective as it was in 2018, Smith certainly has been sensational. He has all the tools to become a very solid fantasy starter.

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Max ScherzerWSHSP
2Jacob deGromNYMSP
3Justin VerlanderHOUSP
4Trevor BauerCLESP
5Gerrit ColeHOUSP
6Corey KluberCLESP
7Aaron NolaPHISP
8Blake SnellTBSP+1
9Chris SaleBOSSP-1
10Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
11Carlos CarrascoCLESP
12Jameson TaillonPITSP
13Zack GreinkeARZSP
14Jose BerriosMINSP
15Patrick CorbinWSHSP
16German MarquezCOLSP
17James PaxtonNYYSP
18Clayton KershawLADSP
19Luis CastilloCINSP
20Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
21Charlie MortonTBSP
22Madison BumgarnerSFSP
23Tyler GlasnowTBSP/RP+1
24Masahiro TanakaNYYSP-1
25Cole HamelsCHCSPUnranked

Off the List: Kyle Freeland (injury)

Not a lot of change here. Cole Hamels cracks the list as he is a guy who you can count on to pitch enough innings to potentially gain a QS. He does however have an extraordinarily low BABIP to this point, so he is worth monitoring, but so far he has been very good based on his 3.44 xFIP.

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Trevor WilliamsPITSP
2Mike MinorTEXSP+1
3Mike LeakeSEASP+2
4Frankie MontasOAKSP+3
5Caleb SmithMIASPUnranked
6Steven MatzNYMSP+2
7Merrill KellyARZSPUnranked
8Trevor RichardsMIASP-4
9Brett AndersonOAKSP
10Brad KellerKCSP/RP

Off the List: Marcus Stroman (ownership), Max Fried (ownership)

It really comes down to matchups when looking for quality starts. A lot of guys widely available are all matchup-dependent. Although, Trevor Williams sure is moving his way into that must-start category.

 

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Colin Ward

Colin currently resides in the Buffalo, NY area and studied at SUNY Fredonia earning a degree in Sport Management. He is a former Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director at the collegiate level. Baseball is his passion and he bleeds Pinstripes.

  • Avatar Justin Paradis says:

    When will Francisco Lindor return to the power lists?

  • Avatar Keystone says:

    Have you heard of a player named Matt Chapman?

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